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Follow the Instagram @Hipstersmeden for the Most Charming Bikes in Copenhagen

By Lisbeth Levine

If you want to see bikes prized for their beauty, follow the Instagram account @Hipstersmeden, where Lasse Skou Hauschildt turns his lens on classic racing and touring bikes, his wife and two children (usually with at least one bike in the image) and bikes that become one with the landscape.

Hauschildt, 30, promotes biking as part of his work in the communications department at the Danish Cyclists’ Federation, but the Instagram account focuses on his personal love of steel bikes, which he started restoring about five years ago, and on the role bikes play in his daily life with his family.

Most posts are in English to help foster an international following, though comments appear in any number of languages.

All images: @Hipstersmeden

What does Hipstersmeden mean?
“Smeden” means smith in Danish, so the combination means “the hipster smith."

What was the impetus to start the account?
Despite having a job that involves social media, Hauschildt was skeptical about using social media in his private life. But his wife, photographer and stylist Ida Laerke (@idalaerke), who has 564,000 followers, introduced him to Instagram and he started his account in 2012. “I had been into vintage bikes for some years and already took a lot of pictures of them,” he says. “It took a little while before I realized that this media was actually fun.”

When did he become a bike enthusiast?
In 2010, he bought his first classic racing bike at a flea market, took it apart and re-assembled it. “It rode like a dream,” he says. “After that, there was no turning back for me.” Hauschildt is always on the lookout for exemplary steel bikes to restore.

How does the family get around?
Hauschildt and his wife each own a commuter bike and a touring bike for recreational rides. They have a three-wheeled cargo bike for hauling around children and groceries, plus a tandem bike. Son Saxo, who is 5, has “at least five different bikes” because Hauschildt can’t resist “a good deal at a flea market.” Daughter Saga, who is 1½ years old, is just getting ready for a Strider, a no-pedal balance bike. They do not own a car.

What’s behind the strong connection between Copenhagen residents and bicycles?
“It’s simply the fastest way to get around in Copenhagen, and that’s the main reason why so many people do it,” he says. The city continues to build bike paths to connect every part of the city and can claim the world’s busiest bike lane with as many as 40,000 users daily; in 2014, an elevated skyway called the Cykelslangen (Cycle Snake) over the harbor smoothed out the connection for cyclists from the highway to the harbor bridge. “I really hope other cities realize how much more livable their city could become by investing in bicycle infrastructure.”

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